This isn't totally "off topic" but I didn't see a good "general discussion" place and since it's not really related to a specific tractor/series and is more just a for fun thing than technical I figured it should go here..
We have a 1993 LX176 that was purchased new by my wife's grandfather, as such we have all original receipts, records etc.
From what I can find the LX176 was pretty much an entry level mower, with the 173 as the only less expensive option, only difference being no CVT.
Now the sales price on this 14HP 38" cut mower (with bagger) in 1993 was $3800 if memory serves correctly (maybe $3600?).. adjusted for inflation to 2015 that's around $5800 for an entry level riding mower.
Now I know they say the "box store" versions are cheaper than dealer versions, but even so $5800 today is putting you in something like an X500 that appears to be a LOT more tractor than the LX176 in about every way.
Even the unadjusted $3800 puts you mid-range over 20hp and 48" cut.
Do they just build more efficiently now, or have there been "cost cutting" going into them, or what's the story?
I even see nice 176's on Craigslist for almost $2k...